Gay politicians come out of the closet and into the cabinet
Barry Artiste Op/Ed
You know, one would think in this day and age we would all be past this? I mean who cares, I don't, do you? If you can do the job, and do it well, I care not what your sexual orientation is, and this coming from me, Joe Redneck. Many of us do not realize we have all had gays in our midst, I knew I had gay teachers during my high school and college days, they were great teachers and funny as hell human beings. I had the pleasure to serve in the military with more than a few gay soldiers (who I suspected and later found out were gay, by their own admission), Gays who in MilCons surpassed the hetro set when it came to military simulated war exercises and endurance. Yep, Gays who would lay down their life for their country!
Do I have any Gay friends? No, I don't, as my circle of friends is small, friends I have known since childhood, but if any were Gay, it wouldn't change the fact they are always going to be my lifelong friends as always.
They should treat gays as a lifestyle choice, much as you should treat people who have a political bent, whether left wing or right wing. I also have lifelong friends who are as lefty as the day is long, we have great debates as I am pretty conservative and would not change my friends for anything.
If a politican is found to be Gay, left, right or middle of the road during an election, and found competent, not voting for him or her because they are Gay or political affiliation reduces your choice and their chances of serving you and your country! Again, being Conservative in the last federal election I voted Lefty NDP, Why? Though I did not like the Party Policy, the man I voted for was without a doubt the best man for the job over the Conservative party candidate, and after all isn't that what it is all about, the person as well?
When Toronto mayoral candidate George Smitherman kissed his spouse, Christopher Peloso, before a bank of cameras this week, he announced his campaign with a public display of affection normally reserved for heterosexual candidates and their spouses.
The gesture may have appeared casual, but it signalled two things to Canadians: that same-sex marriage is becoming an acceptable part of the country's social and political geography and that being openly gay is no longer a liability for politicians. As David Rayside, a University of Toronto professor of political science and sexual diversity, notes, “Visibility counts.”